August 2 2002

Community Notes:

SANDAG’S “Keep San Diego Moving” Roadshow Pulls Into National City Auto Heritage Show

On Sunday, August 4, the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), will bring its traveling roadshow, “Keep San Diego Moving”, to the National City Auto Heritage Show. SANDAG the regional decision-making entity on transportation and growth issues, will conduct community outreach for its 2030 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). The 2030 RTP is intended to provide recommendations addressing long-term growth challenges in San Diego County over the next thirty years.

Representatives from SANDAG will be available at the “Keep San Diego Moving” booth to answer questions and educate people about the 2030 RTP as well as solicit public feedback about transportation issues they are experiencing in their specific communities. In addition, those who come by the booth and fill out a brief informational survey will be entered into a drawing to win a portable compact disc player.

The Keep San Diego Moving booth will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information, call 1-877-277-5736 (KSDM) or log on to www.keepsandiegomoving.com.

11th Annual Auto Heritage Day Show Focuses National Attention on National City

The Annual car show to be held on Sunday, August 4th has grown considerably since its inception and is becoming an event that people County wide eagerly look forward to. Few people are aware that of the 20 different makes of cars that were built in San Diego County from the turn of the Century until the 1960’s, most of them originated in National City, or had strong links with companies in the South Bay.

The annual gathering of rare and exotic cars in Kimball Park is an event that reinforces the positive image of National City as a place where people can still spend a pleasant day in the park. It is building a reputation as one of the better car shows held county wide and the event is now drawing the attention of serious collectors throughout the region.

There are more than 100 collector car clubs in San Diego County, as well as over 20,000 registered car collectors, people who cut across all ethnic and economic barriers. Car shows offer diverse groups an opportunity to meet and exchange thoughts and pleasantries as they trip down memory lane and recall the lasting impressions that a particular car may have left with them.

While a Concourse event is a static display, it competes favorably with modern forms of entertainment with far less cost. It can trigger journeys into the past that equal a mental time machine of sorts. For some senior citizens, its an opportunity to revive memories of easier times, when life moved at a more casual pace. For people in mid life, it could be moments to reflect on the good times they had just a few decades back as they stroll among restored Mustangs, Thunderbirds or early Corvettes. For the younger crowd, it’s a opportunity to share memories about cars their parents or grand parents had.

The show is FREE to the public and takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Kimball Park, 12th and “D” in National City. There will be entertainment throughout the day, food and fun for the whole family.

PAZZAZ Provides a Bridge From One Grade to the Next

To get a jump-start into the next school year, students can take advantage of a special summer program offered by PAZZAZ, Inc., an academic enrichment program. The Stepping Up program, which runs until August 23, offers students tutorial instruction on different subjects to prepare them for the coursework that lies in the next grade level.

PAZZAZ works with children in grades one to 12 in virtually any subject, from math and reading to calculus and economics. Stepping Up works with students on the subjects in which they struggle. Tutorial sessions are one hour in length and are held between 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

To enroll in the program, parents need to make an appointment with staff members, bring the child’s report card and schedule tutorial sessions.

Since 1995, PAZZAZ has worked closely and individually with students in providing homework assistance and tutoring. After one semester enrolled in PAZZAZ, about 85 percent of students increase one letter grade in a difficult subject area.

However, as co-founders Paul and Zoneice Jones will attest, their program’s success lies not in helping children academically, but by helping them gain confidence in themselves and in their ability to succeed.

“Many children who fail at school have just stopped trying,” said Zoneice Jones, president of PAZZAZ. “They don’t believe they can succeed. When we work with children on their homework, we’re actually helping them realize that they can learn and learning can be fun. As their grades improve, their self-confidence improves. Many of our students make the honor roll for the first time in their lives.”

For more information on PAZZAZ’s Stepping Up program, contact Zoneice Jones at 619-264-6870.

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